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10 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Amanda Gunn
2nd Dec 2021

 

The first weekend of summer is fast approaching, and Melbourne’s social scene is about to heat up. Be sure to start the sunny season how you intend to end it, on a high. Whether that be catching a twilight film under the stars, soaring across the Yarra River on a zipline or dancing into the early hours at an Abbotsford Block party.

Here are 10 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend:

Moonlight Cinema Melbourne

It’s summer which means the city’s annual cinema under the stars season has returned. This year's Moonlight Cinema lineup includes a load of highly anticipated new releases like ‘A Quiet Place: Part II” and ‘Shang Chi’ as well as the Christmas classics like ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Elf’ to get you in the festive spirit. Book your standard ticket and pack a picnic blanket and BYO food and drink. Or splurge on a Gold Grass ticket and order espresso martinis straight to the bean bag.

THE DETAILS:

When: Thursday 2 December until Sunday 27 March
Where: Central Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
For more information, click here.

Melbourne Music Week 

Melbourne Music Week is here to pave the way for the return of live music because it’s been far too long. With over 300 acts MMW is sure to make some noise with artists taking to the stage for headline gigs, day parties, DJ sets and live film scores. Including a headlining performance by the duo SHOUSE who are almost guaranteed to play their pandemic banger ‘Love Tonight’. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Friday 3 December until Sunday 12 December
Where: Various Locations
For more information, click here.

MPavilion’s Summer Program

The architectural pop-up will be home to more than 250 events this summer, serving as a community hub. This year’s MPavillion sculpture was designed by Map Studio and named ‘The Lightcatcher’. The MPavilion festivities kick off alongside Melbourne Music Week and a performance from composer and proud Yorta Yorta woman, Deborah Cheetham AO. As well as the launch of DJ 101—a six-week DJ program for aspiring female-identifying, trans, and non-binary talent looking to break into Melbourne’s music scene. While it's here to stay until April be sure to not miss out on December’s events program which is themed “that which makes things visible”. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Thursday 2 December until Sunday 24 April
Where: Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne 
For more information, click here

Duke Street Block Party

Head over to the Duke Street party to immerse yourself in a musical experience where you are encouraged to move, dance and dive your way around the block. Helmed by a collective of Melbourne royalty including Untitled Group, Crown Ruler, Moon Dog Craft Brewery & PBS 106.7FM, the team are collaborating to transform the brick and asphalt landscape of Duke Street into a block party that you won’t forget. With a fully stocked bar of craft beers by Moondog Brewery there’s no better way to kick off the summer with your mates. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 12pm until 10pm, Saturday 4 December
Where: Duke Street, Abbotsford
For more information, click here

Firefly Zipline Over the Yarra

Appreciate Melbourne’s CBD from new heights this summer. Firefly has set up a zipline with take-off just next to Fed Square to take you from one side of the Yarra River to the other in style. Tickets are almost sold out so run, don't walk if you want a chance to see Melbourne like you never have before. Or if you’re not an aspiring adrenaline junkie you can watch the flyers comfortably from the banks of the Yarra.

THE DETAILS:

When: Wednesday 1 December until Tuesday 28 December
Where: Federation Square, Melbourne
For more information, click here

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

The iconic Aussie culinary tradition is making a triumphant comeback after a long hiatus. We can enjoy our fave car park BBQ once again with the return of the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle. Be sure to swing buy after picking up your newest house plant and load up your sausage in bread with onions and sauce to support your local community groups. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Sunday 5 December onwards
Where: Selected metro stores
For more information, click here

Happy Place

The world’s most insta-worthy exhibition is opening in Melbourne this weekend. Happy Place is a maze of multi-sensory rooms featuring massive installations, including a literal oasis filled with 40,000 handmade yellow flowers from floor-to-ceiling or the world's largest confetti dome where your smile is guaranteed. So round up your crew of mates and get them down to Melbourne’s Crown to discover your happy place or at the very least get a good pic for the gram.

THE DETAILS:

When: 8am – 4pm, Thursday 2 December until Sunday 30 January
Where: Level 1, Crown Melbourne
For more information, click here

So Soiree

The City of Stonnington is bringing the daring world of cabaret, comedy, circus and live music to Melbourne with So Soiree. Travelling venue The Parlour will be set up in Grattan Gardens and Chapel Off Chapel for the two-week festival. If you’re ready to step outside of your comfort zone and experience the lineup of emerging performers and thought-provoking shows, look no further than Stonnington’s So Soiree.

THE DETAILS:

When: Thursday 2 December until Saturday 11 December
Where: Various Locations
For more information, click here

Summer Bottomless Brunch at Jackalope Hotel

Mornington Peninsula’s famed winery, Jackelope Hotel is hosting a boozy brunch and it’s the perfect excuse to swap your morning coffee for a mimosa. Not that it should take much convincing to get the gang down to the coast for bottomless spritzes, beer and wine. But the hotel is serving up more than just the usual stocked bar of drinks as they are enticing patrons in with their vineyard views and menu of fresh oysters, mushroom tartlets and slow-cooked wagyu brisket.

THE DETAILS:

When: Sunday 5 December until Sunday 30 January
Where: Jackalope Hotel, 166 Balnarring Road Merricks North
For more information, click here.

Check out everything else happening in Melbourne here.

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